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South Greenland - green meadows, rugged cliffs, and hot springs

Southern Greenland differs from Northern Greenland with its rugged mountains, hot springs, and green meadows.

It is very colorful in the summer, and although there are no sled dogs, there are many other kinds of experiences. Here you will also find old icebergs in blue and white hues and lots of sheep and good hiking trails.

Southern Greenland differs quite a lot from Northern Greenland. It was here that Erik the Red chose to drop anchor, because he was so impressed by the green hillsides facing him all along the coast. In summer, the area is spectacularly colorful, so despite the lack of sled dogs, you will be able to find plenty of experiences.

Viking heritage, Inuit farming and blue ice

How about a chilled glass of Chablis as you relax in a 38-degree warm spring while icebergs drift by in the nearby fjord? You will need to bring the Chablis yourself, but the island of Uunartoq with its hot springs in Southern Greenland can provide the rest.

The destination of South Greenland is a land of jagged mountains and green pastures where sheep farms border directly on ice fjords, and Norse settlement history intersects with modern Greenlandic fishing and hunting communities. Fresh vegetables, natural hot springs on a remote island, big wall climbing, and fjord kayaking abound in South Greenland.


Icebergs and green meadows

Green and blue go well together, which is very evident here in Southern Greenland where the icebergs take numerous shades of blue and white, complementing each other well. Icebergs in Southern Greenland have unique shades of blue, because the ice is older than elsewhere in the country, and thereby contain less air.

Photo by Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo by David Trood - Visit Greenland

Hiking in South Greenland

Narsarsuaq is not really a town, more of an airport village, and it is the perfect basis for a small farm holiday – or, as it is called here, a sheep farm holiday. Experience the Greenland Ice Sheet close by, walk from village to village, or sheep farm to sheep farm, while your luggage is being transported for you. You can also take longer hikes, for instance from Qaqortoq to the old Norse village of Igaliku, or between the village of Qassiarsuk, where Erik the Red lived, and the town of Narsaq. Your options are endless down here, where the beautiful, long peninsulas offer the perfect settings for relaxation.

This is sheep-farming country, so you will see a lot of small, white and woollen creatures enjoying life to the full on the green hillsides.


Hot springs in Southern Greenland

There are, of course, also the hot springs of Uunartoq, where you can relax in rather a unique way as described in the introduction above.


The towns

Southern Greenland mostly appeals to those who want to enjoy the immense natural beauty, but town life can also be found in the region where towns are located more closely than elsewhere in Greenland. Narsarsuaq, Narsaq and Qaqortoq are located only half a hundred kilometers apart.

In Qaqortoq and Narsaq, you have the opportunity to set out on some great hikes and still be home for supper. A bit further south, you reach Nanortalik, whose pointy mountains offer ideal conditions for professional mountain climbers.